Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Nisan 16, 5774
Purim, the most joyous holiday in the Jewish calendar, is a carnival of food, wine and laughter. It marks the period when, at the last moment, Jews were snatched from the hangman's noose. For that reason, it's meant to be a raucous celebration of life. Purim festivities include costume parades and suedahs -- festive meals eaten as night falls. Jayne...
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Rivka Tal, Jewish Exponent Feature
A TASTE OF ISRAEL According to tradition, when Queen Esther of Purim fame was moved into the king's palace, she became a vegetarian. In order to avoid eating non-kosher food, she confined her diet to nutrient-rich seeds, nuts and legumes. So on the festive day of Purim, many Jewish communities observe the custom of including beans, chickpeas, nuts and poppy...
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These precious packages can be tasty surprises
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Linda Morel
WHAT'S COOKING? Last fall, my husband and I visited China, spending four days traveling down the Yangtze River aboard a ship. Besides the breathtaking scenery of the Three Gorges, the highlight of the riverboat excursion for me was the day a chef demonstrated how to make dumplings. He kneaded dough into ropes and cut off small nuggets. He rolled out...
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If a doughnut-eating contest came to Philly, Zach Engel would surely have an edge. Engel taste-tests up to 40 of the fried sweets every week -- a perk or health hazard of his job as the managing chef at the newly opened Federal Donuts, depending on how you look at it. "I don't really eat anything" else, he says. No...
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A Taste of Israel
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Rivka Tal, Jewish Exponent Feature
Your mother cajoled you to eat your vegetables, and she was, of course, right. Have you tried roasting them? The colors and the textures, not to mention the depth of the tastes of caramelized, roasted vegetables, bring them to new dimensions. They go well with a whole range of main dishes from fish to meat. Add fresh herbs, such as...
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